Joan Spoerl Mack(1929 - 2014)

CARMEL VALLEY, CA – We lost a "super gal". Joanie suddenly passed at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) from an aortic aneurysm with family at her side. She is now reunited with her husband of 62 years, "super guy" William Mack, who passed away just two months earlier. Her gregarious laugh, sparkling smile, wit and style will be missed.
Joan was born in Glendale, CA to parents Walter and Emma Spoerl from Chicago, who had four daughters, Lorraine, Eleanor, Bernice and Joanie. She was the youngest by 9 years to Bernice. Growing up in Los Angeles, she attended Wilshire Crest Elementary, John Burroughs Junior High, where she was Girls League President, and graduated in 1948 from L. A. High. She worked at Prudential Life Insurance for six years, during which time she met Bill Mack playing volleyball at Santa Monica Beach. They fell in love and married June 16, 1951.
They settled down in Beverly Glen Canyon where she and Bill started a family. Bill became active with building while Joanie maintained the home responsibilities caring for their three boys, Chris, Doug and Bobby. Her free time was spent going to various Santa Monica beaches and coordinating camping trips from the hot desert of Joshua Tree to the cool breezes of Pismo Beach. In 1968, the family moved to the Pacific Palisades. Joanie added tennis and tournament bridge playing and Bill transitioned his building business to Malibu and the family settled into summers spent at the beach in Point Dume.
In 1981, they moved to Carmel. First, to Carmel by The Sea and later to Carmel Valley where the weather more resembled their Southern California roots. She loved gardening and especially growing her favorite flower, the rose.
Joanie was a wonderful Mom with a fantastic talent for cooking and baking. Her chocolate cakes were the best. She enjoyed throwing parties and happily entertained with her delicious creations.
Joanie and Bill traveled the world. They rode mules on Greek islands, saw The Great Wall in China, experienced the frigid glaciers in Alaska and New Zealand, visited the palaces of St. Petersburg and Versailles. Other stops included the Panama Canal, Bora Bora, Bali, the National Parks and the vibrant changing Fall colors in New England. They always collected art, locally and abroad.
She loved her two grandsons, Koa and Nalu (Bobby) and her daughter-in-law, Karen Gelff (Chris) and her many nieces and nephews, along with her many friends and weekly games at the Monterey Bridge Center.
Her favorite charity was The Salvation Army and she volunteered at UCLA Pediatrics, The Red Cross and CHOMP.
Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 20, 2014